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Porcelain Barber Shop Sign

Blue and Red Enamel Barbers Pole Shop Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Rare porcelain enamel barbers pole shop sign. This is a very rare old sign, it is American in
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Vintage 1920s American Industrial Signs

Materials

Enamel

Friedr. Herder Solingen Knife Scissors and Shaving Razor Advertising Enamel Sign
By Friedrich Herder A. Sn Solingen
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
sign. The sign is in Spanish. Perfect for any barber shop or any knife collector.
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Arms, Armor and Weapons

Materials

Metal

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Red and White Graphic New York Bus Subway Destination Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Very large New York bus destination sign. Unusual in red. Very graphic. Bottom of roll was date stamped 1951. 7 1/2 feet tall.
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Vintage 1950s American Steampunk Signs

Materials

Canvas

Walnut 19th Century Wellington Chest
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A Very Good Quality Late 19th Century, Victorian Period, Walnut Wellington Chest Of Drawers, Having Seven Superbly Figured Drawers With Original Brass Swan Neck Handles, Enclosed By ...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

  • Walnut 19th Century Wellington Chest
  • Walnut 19th Century Wellington Chest
  • Walnut 19th Century Wellington Chest
  • Walnut 19th Century Wellington Chest
H 49.75 in W 21.5 in D 16 in
19th century Scandinavian rustic bank of drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Late 19th century rustic bank of drawers circa 1870. Scandinavian industrial painted bank of drawers.  Made with 6 drawers of equal proportions with wooden handles. Fitted with ori...
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Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Rustic Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Pine, Paint

Large 19thC English Ebonised Pine Bank Drawers
Located in Staffordshire, GB
circa 1880 Large 19thC English Ebonised Pine Bank Drawers sku 1619 W153 x D54 x H91 cm
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Antique 19th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Pine

  • Large 19thC English Ebonised Pine Bank Drawers
  • Large 19thC English Ebonised Pine Bank Drawers
  • Large 19thC English Ebonised Pine Bank Drawers
  • Large 19thC English Ebonised Pine Bank Drawers
H 35.83 in W 60.24 in D 21.26 in
Japanese Barber Advertising Barber's Pole Light
Located in London, GB
A scarce original barber's pole. Used as advertising outside a barber's shop. Japan, c1950s. In it's current state it lights and turns with a bit of prodding but will go ...
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Mid-20th Century Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Glass

12.5 Foot Tall Vintage Neon Bowling Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Massive 12.5 foot tall metal and neon bowling sign from the 1960s. Sign is red with white letters and white trim. Neon lights are red and illuminate letter by letter B - 0 - W - L an...
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Vintage 1960s American Signs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

19th Century Barber's Pole Hand Carved Hand Painted
Located in San Francisco, CA
19th century barber's pole hand carved hand painted Antique barber's pole 5.5" diameter x 42" high The support measures 9" wide x 34" high Good antique condition The...
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Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

Bronze Advertising Bank Vaults Sign Circa 1912 Savannah Georgia
Located in Savannah, GA
The Savannah Bank and Trust Company was established here in Savannah, Georgia in 1869 after several banks failed as a result of the Civil War. It first occupied a building on the sou...
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Vintage 1910s American Art Nouveau Signs

Materials

Bronze

Extra Large Burr Walnut Solid Chest Trunk with Hidden Bottom Storage Must See
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this absolutely massive, Burr Walnut, trunk or chest with a false bottom for hidden storage Please note the delivery fee listed is just a guide...
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20th Century English Art Deco Blanket Chests

Materials

Walnut

Large 19th Century English Pine Bank Drawers
Located in Staffordshire, GB
circa 1890 Large 19th century English Pine Bank Drawers sku 1528 W150 x D48 x H78 cm
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Antique 19th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Pine

  • Large 19th Century English Pine Bank Drawers
  • Large 19th Century English Pine Bank Drawers
  • Large 19th Century English Pine Bank Drawers
  • Large 19th Century English Pine Bank Drawers
H 30.71 in W 59.06 in D 18.9 in
Rare and Important German Renaissance Chest
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Oakwood Original lock and key   This beautiful and robust chest stands on square feet ending in flattened buns. The base presents plain mouldings. The facade is divided in four panel...
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Antique 16th Century German Renaissance Blanket Chests

Materials

Wood, Walnut

  • Rare and Important German Renaissance Chest
  • Rare and Important German Renaissance Chest
  • Rare and Important German Renaissance Chest
  • Rare and Important German Renaissance Chest
H 27.56 in W 63 in D 21.66 in
Vintage School Crossing Safety Guard Folk Art Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Original hand painted school safety crossing guard sign. Sheet metal and wood. Great original surface. Has original leaning brace mounted on back, but could also be easily hung on a ...
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Sheet Metal

Vintage 1930s News of the World Newspaper Enamel Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Vintage 1930s News of the world newspaper Enamel sign This large sign is in good condition for its age, it is white on Royal Blue The sign is 18” high and 60” long WD110.
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Vintage 1930s Industrial Signs

Materials

Enamel

20th Century, French Industrial Drawer Bank
Located in High Point, NC
This industrial work table holds a chest of drawers with a unique, timeworn patina. Made in France in the 20th century, a series of ten drawers are arranged in two columns within a s...
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20th Century French Industrial Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • 20th Century, French Industrial Drawer Bank
  • 20th Century, French Industrial Drawer Bank
  • 20th Century, French Industrial Drawer Bank
  • 20th Century, French Industrial Drawer Bank
H 36.6 in W 39.4 in D 17.3 in
Pair 1950s Mid Century Modern Bachelors Chests/ Night Stands
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Pair Mid Century Modern Large Bachelors Chests/ Night Stands. Beautiful brass hardware. Opens to reveal a full bank of drawers. Great elegant storage.
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Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of D...

Materials

Wood

Tradesign in the Form of a Brick Storehouse
Located in Greenwich, CT
An advertising device or tradesign in the form of a brick storehouse, with ten arched windows or pigeonholes to display merchandise, constructed as a roofed box mounted on wheels, fo...
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Antique Late 19th Century American Signs

Materials

Wood

  • Tradesign in the Form of a Brick Storehouse
  • Tradesign in the Form of a Brick Storehouse
  • Tradesign in the Form of a Brick Storehouse
  • Tradesign in the Form of a Brick Storehouse
H 43.5 in W 28.5 in D 18.5 in

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1930s Barber Shop Porcelain Sign "Look Better Feel Better"
Located in Chicago, IL
1930s barber shop porcelain sign "Look Better Feel Better".
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Vintage 1930s American Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Porcelain Barber Shop Sign
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Porcelain Barber Shop Sign by William Marvy Company. Double Sided.
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20th Century Signs

  • Porcelain Barber Shop Sign
  • Porcelain Barber Shop Sign
  • Porcelain Barber Shop Sign
  • Porcelain Barber Shop Sign
H 12 in W 24 in D 1.5 in
Enamel Barbers Pole Shop Sign, circa 1930
Located in London, GB
Rare American porcelain enamel barbers pole shop sign 1930 This lot is a very rare old barbers
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Vintage 1930s Central American Signs

Materials

Enamel

Porcelain Double Sided Barber Shop Sign
Located in Chicago, IL
1930s porcelain double sided barber shop "Gentlemen" sign.
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Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Metal

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Finding the Right signs for You

Vintage and antique signs are popular collector’s items loved not only for the charm and pops of color they add to a space but also for the unique story each one has to tell. An interesting sign can help set the mood for a room and spark dozens of lively conversations.

Before and during the 18th century, many European peasants and colonists in the Americas couldn’t read, so shopkeepers, in an effort to promote their goods and services, hung trade signs with limited amounts of text.

Indeed, symbols and representational physical objects comprised early-day advertising efforts. In lieu of painted words on a wooden board, trade signs made use of handmade three-dimensional symbols to indicate the function of the shop. The iconic red, white and blue pole could be found outside barbershops, while a figural trade sign mounted to an apothecary’s storefront might be a mortar and pestle sculpted from bronze in order to indicate to passers-by that inside there were apothecary cabinets full of remedies for common ailments and a druggist to carefully dispense them.

As literacy rates improved, signs evolved into rectangular, round or square shapes that featured text. Short and sweet, early iterations were characterized by a mere few words, such as “tavern,” “boarding room” or “apothecary.”

During the 19th century, proprietors endeavored to render their signs more appealing. This meant the introduction of more color, font types and other pictorial representations. After the Civil War ended, logos, branding and advertising became increasingly more important, and the design of signage evolved. Trade signs were still in use during the 20th century, and you will likely find hand-painted tin eyeglasses for an optometrist’s office or an oversize bowling pin that likely had a home in the front window of a bowling alley.

Today, collectors and art aficionados alike collect and display antique and vintage signs. Old signs hearken back to a long-gone era, infusing any interior with warmth and nostalgia.

A vintage sign can help anchor a room — think of decorating with signs as you would arranging any kind of wall art. A large-scale sign in particular can prove a distinguishing feature in a living room or dining room, a focal point so prominent that it might lessen the burden of introducing any additional decorative elements to this particular space. Smaller signs work wonders too — pepper sparsely decorated corners with small colorful signs or add a humorous or graphic element to your gallery-style hang with a small text-based sign or two.

On 1stDibs, find metal, wood and glass antique and vintage signs that span a number of styles, including mid-century modern, industrial and folk art.